In this research programme we examine the role of parents and other caregivers in children's development of attachment and emotion regulation, and we study the limits of their influence.
The development of educational theory and advice does not take place in a cultural-historical vacuum.
Multivariate analysis is a field of statistics and data analysis. It deals with data consisting of the scores of several entities/subjects on more than one variable.
In this research cluster we study attachment and emotion regulation in parents and their children, with special emphasis on neurobiological processes in parenting and development. From an interdisciplinary perspective we examine the multiple determinants of parenting and child development –‘from neurons to neighborhoods’.
Historical and ethological studies have shown that human beings, like many non-human species, are adapted to devote their parental investment to genetically unrelated children.
Others than mothers and fathers contribute to children’s development. The number of mothers who return to the workforce after childbirth has grown rapidly, whereas fathers generally do not cut down their working hours. Thus, out-of-home child care has become an important environment in which young children’s development is shaped.
Ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic background represent some of the most fundamental aspects of people’s identities.
Child maltreatment, including abuse and neglect, occurs all over the world, in different cultures within and across countries. There are indications that low socio-economic status, unemployment, and single parenthood are risk factors for maltreatment, but the question how these and other factors increase the risk for maltreatment still needs to be explored.